I shared this photo in my last post – do you see a temple tower on the top right?
That is the stunning Venkatramana Temple inside the Gingee Fort. I never imagined I’d use the word eerie for a temple, but I really cannot think of another word to describe it. It was built by a Nayak king in the 16th century, but is now dilapidated and not in use even for worship. When we went, free food was being distributed outside the temple, but there were very few people, and inside, there was hardly anyone. It probably looks a lot more cheerful when it is sunny, but in the rain, it was very dramatic and super gorgeous despite the decay. It was raining pretty heavily by now, so those strange circles you see in some pictures are raindrops on my lens!
Now the next temple – I don’t remember for sure, and am unable to confirm looking at my photos, but I think this tiny temple by a pond is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Isn’t it charming?
Edited to add this warning: This was on a rainy day – on a regular day, the place gets ridiculously hot – don’t get misled by the mist in these photos 😀